KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 28, 2010) -- The U.S. U-20 Men's National Team drew with Mexico 1-1 in the final game of the Torneo de las Americas at the KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., coming back from a second-half defecit against their CONCACAF rival. It was the second 1-1 draw for the Americans in as many games, and the third tie in the three games of the event after Colombia and Mexico drew last night.
After a scoreless first half, Mexico got on the board first in the 63rd minute after Saul Villalobos ripped a bending shot on goal that Jonathan Kempin did very well to tip off the crossbar. Mexico's Taufic Guarch was the first player to jump on the rebound and scored while Kempin was recovering from his save.
Seven minutes later, the U.S. earned a corner and, looking for the tying goal, had several players in the box. Defender Gale Agbossoumonde was the first person to get his head on it, snapping it into the chest of Mexican goalkeeper Rafael. He was unable to hold onto the ball and Agbossoumonde pounced on his own rebound to level the score.
The tournament called for penalties following the draw, which Mexico won 4-2. Agbossoumonde and Alex Zahavi converted for the U.S.
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report
Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Mexico
Competition: Torneo de las Americas
Location: KSU Soccer Stadium - Kennesaw, Ga.
Date: November 28, 2010
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Weather: Cold & Sunny
1 2 Final PKs
USA 0 1 1 2
MEX 0 1 1 4
MEX – Taufic Guarch (Saul Villalobos) 63rd minute
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (Alex Zahavi) 70
MEX: Pulido (goal), Villalobos (goal), Guarch (goal), Uriel (goal)
USA: Zahavi (goal), Powers (miss), Agbossoumonde (goal), Lletget (miss)
USA: 18-Jonathan Kempin, 3-Korey Veeder, 19-Sebastien Ibeagha, 22-Gale Agbossoumonde, 5-Greg Garza, 21-Dillon Powers, 2-Amobi Okugo, 16-Sebastian Lletget, 17-Juan Agudelo, 10-Alex Zahavi, 9-Omar Salgado
Subs Not Used: 13-Tristan Bowen, 15-Bryan De La Fuente, 24-Eduardo Fernandez, 14-Fuad Ibrahim, 7-Alex Molano, 8-Moises Orozco, 23-Conor Shanosky, 4-Parker Walsh, 4-Cesar Zamora
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen
MEX: 12-Rafael, 13-Hector Acosta (3-Kristian Alvarez, 14-Nestor Araujo, 2-Alexis Loera, 18-Erick Vera (8-Cesar Ibanez, 57), 6-Diego De Buen (7-Saul Villalobos, 57), 16-Octavio Aceves (5-Rene Zamora, 64), 15-Martin Ureil, 10-Jorge Mora (11-Ulises Davila, 64), 20-David Izazola (9-Taufi Guarch, 57), 19-Edson Rivera (17-Alan Pulido, 57)
Subs Not Used: 1-Antonio Rodriguez, 4-Luis Ramos
Head Coach: Juan Carlos Chavez Zarate
Statistical Summary: USA / MEX
Shots 20 / 17
Saves 3 / 6
Fouls 8 / 12
Corner Kicks 6 / 5
Offside 0 / 3
MEX– Nestor Araujo (caution) 21st minute
USA – Omar Salgado (caution) 21
USA – Alex Zahavi (caution) 42
MEX – Alexis Loera (caution) 80
USA – Juan Agudelo (caution) 90
MEX – Martin Ureil (caution) 90+2